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- I was born in Tacoma, WA
- I played baseball in college
- I co own a company called Claro Candles that gives profits to different areas of injustice around the world
- I love frosted flakes
- I have a dog named Aslan (for Narnia!)
- I have a BS in Politics & Government (doesn’t translate much to YouTube though)
- I am married to an amazing, beautiful, sweet woman of God – Alyssa
- I’m a dad!!! Kinsley Joy Bethke is my sweet little daughter
- I wrote a book (so surreal!)
- I like to make creative videos
If you have heard of me through my various videos, blogs or posts you probably know that I am quite the avid grace lover. There’s nothing that sparks in me a joy for life and other people more than when I truly understand just all God has done for me in the cross and resurrection of Jesus.
The day my life changed was when I realized that He saw all my filth, all my sin, all my shortcomings, and all my insecurities yet still looked me right in the eye and said, “I love you and I’m not going anywhere.”
The best part about being a Christian is that I don’t have to have it all together because I’m loved and pursued by a God who does. I never went searching for Him, but He went searching for me. That’s quite an awesome truth!
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John Stonestreet is a Speaker and Fellow of the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. He is a gifted communicator on areas of faith and culture, theology, worldview, education, and apologetics, and is a sought-after speaker at conferences, colleges, churches, schools, and other various gatherings each year.
He is the co-host with Eric Metaxas of BreakPoint, the Christian worldview radio program founded by the late Chuck Colson, and the voice of The Point, a daily national radio feature on worldview, apologetics and cultural issues. He also serves as a Senior Content Advisor for Summit Ministries in Manitou Springs, Colorado.
John holds degrees from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Illinois) and Bryan College (Tennessee), and is the co-author of Making Sense of Your World: A Biblical Worldview (Sheffield Press).
He and his wife Sarah have three daughters and a dog, and live in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
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Joe is the current CEO at Kanakuk Ministries, which is a holder of numerous ministries, most notably Kanakuk Kamps, a large Christian sports camp based in Missouri that has been operating since 1926. Joe graduated from Southern Methodist University, and was an assistant coach at Texas A&M University before taking the reins of Kanakuk. Additionally, Joe has started several ministries including Kids Across America, a sports camp for underprivileged kids, Kanakuk Haiti, Men At The Cross, Pure Excitement, and After Dark.
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Wayne's life was significantly impacted on the college campus. While at the University of Kansas, Wayne came to a faith in Jesus when campus ministers reached out to him.
He now has a passion to see others experience the freedom that comes from a life lived for Christ. Him and his wife, Katie, have 5 beautiful kids, Selah, Rael, Simon, Shepherd and Emmaus. They open their hearts and home to college kids to see the next generation reached, equipped and sent out to engage the culture with God's kingdom.
Wayne currently serves as campus director at the University of Kansas. When Wayne & Katie aren’t on the KU campus, they like to frequent the outdoors by fishing, hunting, hiking and bike riding.
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D.A. HORTON currently serves as the National Coordinator for Urban Student Missions at the North American Mission Board (NAMB). His prior work includes serving as the Executive Director of ReachLife Ministries, the non-profit ministry of Reach Records and an urban church planter, pastor and Lead Teaching Elder in Kansas City, MO for 6 years.
For over 16 years D.A. also has used the medium of Rap music as a tool to help educate the people of God on the precepts of Scripture as well as how to evangelize to the lost by presenting them with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
D.A. also has served as an Adjunct Professor at Calvary Bible College teaching systematic and contemporary theology courses in addition to the seven urban-focused courses he wrote for the Urban Studies major.
D.A. earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Biblical Studies at Calvary Bible College and his Master’s Degree in Christian Studies from Calvary Theological Seminary. D.A. is currently working towards his PhD in Applied Theology with a North American Missions emphasis at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
With a heart to provide local churches with quality Bible-centered tools and resources for evangelism and discipleship, D.A. wrote two books; G.O.S.P.E.L. and DNA: Foundations of the Faith both published through Moody Publishers.
D.A. is currently using the Spiritual gifts the Holy Spirit has given him to edify the body of Christ while serving under the leadership at Blueprint Church where he and his family are privileged to hold membership. He and his wife of 11 years Elicia have two daughters, Izabelle and Lola and one son, D.A. Jr.
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BJ is the Co-Founder of Build a Better Us, a ministry focused on building better marriages. BJ was born and raised in Dallas, Tx and came to know Jesus at 19. He and his beautiful wife Vanja have been married for a decade and have 3 children. For 3 years he served with recording artist Lecrae at Reachlife and completed a 3-year Pastoral Residency at Fellowship Memphis church, under Bryan Loritts. Over the past 10 years he has partnered with several churches and ministries to help develop marriages, form small groups, and train leaders globally. Currently BJ serves as the co-founder (2008) of Build a Better Us. He has a Bachelors degree in Sociology from the University of North Texas and a Masters in Christian Studies from Union University.
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After graduating with his Masters in Theology from Talbot Seminary, Rich and his wife Becky began working full-time for Hume Ministries in 2001. Rich's passions are discipleship and teaching God's word in a way that brings it alive in today's world. In his spare time, Rich enjoys international travel (especially Israel), motorcycle riding, off-roading and spending time with his wife, daughters Ellie and Carmel as well as his two sons Jaron and Ronen.
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Shay Robbins is the Director of Kanakuk K-1. He is a graduate of Iowa State and the Kanakuk Institute. Upon graduation from college Shay worked in corporate sales and real estate until the Lord led him into full time ministry. His primary focus is inspiring and discipling young men into Warriors for Christ. Shay’s pride and joy is his beautiful wife Ashley and four three children. | Psalm 27:4
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Ted Cunningham is the founding pastor of Woodland Hills Family Church. He and his wife, Amy, have been married for 20 years. They have two children, Corynn and Carson, and live in Branson, MO. Ted is the author of Fun Loving You, Trophy Child, and Young and In Love and the coauthor of Come to the Family Table with his wife. He also coauthored four books with Dr. Gary Smalley, including The Language of Sex and From Anger to Intimacy. He is a comedian on the Date Night Comedy Tour and a regular guest on Focus on the Family, Life Today and Moody Radio. He is a graduate of Liberty University and Dallas Theological Seminary.
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Ben Washer is Co-Founder and CEO of Reach Records. Reach Records is an independent record label specializing in Christian hip hop, founded in 2004 by Ben Washer and hip-hop artist Lecrae. In addition to Lecrae, the Reach Records roster contains artists Andy Mineo, KB, Tedashii, and Trip Lee, as well as the hip-hop group 116 Clique, whose ranks consist primarily of the label's solo acts.
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David graduated from Texas A&M University and is currently completing his Masters degree at Dallas Theological Seminary. He has been working in Student Ministry for the past 6 years and is passionate about seeing young men and women grow in their love for Christ. He has been working at Watermark for the past three years where he also has an active role in teaching at Shoreline and The Porch. He and his wife Callie, reside in Dallas, TX
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My life story begins before I even entered into this world. For circumstances that are unknown to me, my biological mother put me up for adoption. This display of love has impacted me in several ways,
1st) that despite her situation, she chose to give me the best life possible over her own conveniences. In other words, she was the first person to model for me the love and the grace of Christ, and for that I am grateful.
2nd) My parents, who adopted me brought me into a loving and Christian home where I would hear the gospel and come to faith at a young age. Now for some, that testimony might seem boring, but the reality is because of the depravity of humanity, the story of a seven-‐year old living under the roof of a Christian home who believes the gospel is just as miraculous as a 30-year old atheist junkie who comes to faith. I am thankful and praise the Lord that he pursued me and wooed me unto him before I could fathom what a life of disobedience was like.
I grew up in Oklahoma City and went to the University of Kansas for college. It was at KU when I first began teaching the Bible through the involvement of ministries like CRU, the K-Life chapter in nearby Kansas City, and my own on-campus Bible study called The LockerRoom. After graduation I went to the Kanakuk Institute and earned a masters in Youth and Family Ministries through John Brown University. Then in 2007, I moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma to start a K-Life chapter there. While in Tulsa, I met my wife, Raelyn, and we were married in August 2009. In May, 2010, we moved to Dallas so I could attend Dallas Theological Seminary where I received a Masters of Theology degree. It is in my time in Dallas, that the Lord began to stir in my heart a passion for planting The Hill Church in Fayetteville through my studies in seminary and my involvement at The Village Church. My wife and I moved to Fayetteville in May of 2013.
My hope for the Hill is that we would be a people who rightly worship the one triune God and find all of our hope, fulfillment and identity in Him. Second, that we become a family who fully understands the impact of the Gospel, and the implications it brings in our relationship with God, each other, and to our community.
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Brady is a Pastor on staff at Mosaic Church in the Orlando, FL area. He is the leader of their Walt Disney campus which is a campus focused on creating community for the thousands of employees at Walt Disney World. Brady is an excellent teacher and has a great ability to connect with young adults.
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Joshua Straub, Ph.D. serves as the Executive Pastor of Family Ministries at Woodland Hills Family Church and Executive Director of TwoIgnite. Having served on the executive staff for the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) for six years and as a pastor, counselor, or professor since 2000, Josh is uniquely gifted in and passionate about fostering emotional, spiritual and relational health in others. In addition to his roles at Woodland Hills Family Church and TwoIgnite, Josh currently serves as an Adjunct Professor for Liberty University’s Center for Counseling and Family Studies and Psychology department. Josh also serves on the Governing Board of Directors for the National House of Hope, a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to restoring troubled teens and their families and the Executive Mobilization Team for the Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation. He is certified as a Trained Trainer for Basic Group, Individual Crisis Intervention (CISM), and Managing School Crises with the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF), and has trained thousands of professionals in Critical Incident Stress Management. Josh is currently using his experience and knowledge in the area of trauma to help the people of Rwanda recover from the 1994 genocide. Josh is the coauthor of God Attachment: Why You Believe, Act, and Feel the Way You Do About God (Simon & Schuster: Aug, 2010 release) and The Quick Reference Guide to Counseling Teenagers (Baker Books: Aug, 2010 release). For two seasons from 2008-2009 Josh toured with Acquire the Fire speaking to youth pastors and leaders across America on building relational ministries and helping teens in crisis. Previously, Josh served as the Senior Director of Professional Development for the American Association of Christian Counselors, as a Youth Development Counselor in a maximum security juvenile detention center in Pennsylvania, as Associate Pastor of Family Life Ministries at Jacksonville Chapel in Lincoln Park, NJ and has taught psychology and family development courses at both Nyack College, Nyack, NY and Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA. Josh loves to travel abroad and be outdoors hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, and just sitting on the front porch with his Canadian wife, Christi, sipping coffee and spending time together. He has finally convinced her they do not need a pet–at least for now.
Austin Ochs is a partner of Capital III, a private equity firm located in Wichita, Kansas, committed to creating economic, social, and spiritual capital through investments in private business. Capital III’s current portfolio includes Electrex (Hutchinson, KS), Seat King (Hutchinson, KS), and Rio Energy (Honduras). Austin graduated from Wheaton College (Wheaton, IL) and enjoyed 4 years of varsity basketball. He spent nine years working for Kanakuk Kamps & K-Life Ministries. He currently spends time coaching high school basketball and running a leadership experience called “The Second Mile” for seniors at Trinity Academy (Wichita, KS). The most treasured part of Austin’s life is his family. He was married to Danielle in 2007 and his son Raef was born in 2011.
Marvin Daniels is the Senior Director of Leadership Training at Kids Across America (KAA), a Christian Sports Camp and Youth Development ministry where he is responsible for the coordination and implementation of KAA’s national youth and urban youth workers program. Marvin served as a youth pastor in NYC and served at Compassion International where he trained youth and children workers in seven Midwest States and fifteen urban cities. Marvin speaks across the U.S. pertaining to urban ministry, urban education, and child and youth development.
Garrett is the Director of Kanakuk's exciting day camp adventure, KampOut!. He graduated from Baylor University, where he met his wife Emmy Jo. Garrett is passionate about spending time planting deep roots in people's lives and walking with them as they walk with Jesus.
Tim Watson has earned a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Counseling from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX after graduating with a BS in Sociology from Missouri State University in Springfield, MO. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern supervised by Steve Clay LPC-S. He is a member of the Association of Biblical Counselors and the American Association of Christian Counselors. He currently lives in Fort Worth with his wife, Brittany.